Oh god. I can already hear Alan Jones having a field day with this one. I'm sure that the bike-haters will make a huge deal out of any bike accident on the new paths but an accident involving Clover will be worse!
Amazingly, they published my comment on that bs story:
The benefits to health of cycling far outweigh the injuries to its participants. The same can not be said of motoring.
"In the past decade almost 24,000 cyclists have been treated in hospital" is a pretty meaningless statistic (where? in NSW? Australia? the world?) when the nature of the injuries is not detailed. How many were treated as a result of being hit by cars because the driver was not taking due care? How many other people, including pedestrians, have been treated in hospital for injuries due to car crashes? How many have been treated for diseases caused by sedentary,car-based lifestyles? How many have been killed by cars?
Cycling saves the community money and it is time the Telegraph stopped its scare campaign against cyclists and looked at the bigger transport picture where single-occupant cars are causing gridlock and health problems as well as detriment to the environment. Every cyclist commuting to work is one fewer car clogging the roads, freeing up a parking space and easing the strain on the health system and on taxpayers.
So what did you call Tele readers? And are the "people who work at DT" any different??
My favourite comment of the ones I have bothered to read is this, from a guy so dumb he can't even spell "idiots":
tigerbill Posted at 10:44 AM Today
To all the cyclist commenting, why dont you start paying to use the roads like the rest of us and i find it funny you bring in the health aspect of it ( sucking in car pollution constantly.Iditos!). Most of you are a bunch of weedy pencil neck loosers who think they look good in lycra. Go for a run at the park instead and stay off the motorist funded roads.